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Teaching of maths

Teaching of Mathematics


At Timberley Academy we follow the White Rose Maths scheme. We firmly believe in their mantra:




Our maths curriculum teaches the children how to become assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths.



Children learn to count reliably with numbers first to 5, then to 10 and then to 20. We want to ensure that they develop a strong sense of numbers to 10 which includes:

  • Understanding the link between numbers and quantity (representing numbers in many ways)
  • Investigate how quantities are composed of smaller parts (6 can be two 3s or three 2s or 4 and two 1s or 5 and 1 etc)
  • Knowing how the numbers relate to one another and being able to compare and order them
  • Exploring how quantities change when you add more items or take items away

The children may already be able to recite the number names to twenty and beyond but a sense of what those numbers mean develops gradually with repeated experiences in different contexts.


Shape, Space and Measure

Children learn about important times in their day and use positional language to describe when events happen. They will also use positional language to describe how items are positioned in relation to other items.

Children will explore 3-D shapes through block play and modelling. They will be introduced to the names of the shapes and explore similarities and differences and also sort them. They will then be encouraged to see 2-D shapes such as circles, triangles and rectangles including squares on the flat faces of 3-D shapes.

Children will explore patterns in a range of contexts and will copy, continue and create their own simple repeating patterns.

Children will use language to describe length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), breadth (wider, narrower), weight (heavy, light) and capacity (full, empty) when making direct comparisons.

Superbia Perseverantia et Passionem Pride, Perseverance and Passion